The relationship between dog and German is so special. Dogs can also be ‘volunteer workers’ to relieve stress in the office. What are the special status of dogs in Germany? By Sorta Caroline.
In Germany dogs have long been good friends of humans. The oldest dog skeleton was found in the city of Bonn, buried in one tomb with its owner. The dog’s skeleton is estimated to originate from 14 thousand years ago. Until now the daily life of the Germans with their dogs is felt. Not infrequently during my studies in Germany, I saw for myself how so German people love their dogs. They always schedule to walk with their dogs two or three times a day. Wherever they go, they bring their dogs. Many shops or cafes here do allow dogs to come in, join in ‘hanging out’ with their owners.
While working at a start-up company in Berlin, I saw for myself how dogs can be “stress relievers.” Bifi is his name, a dog adopted from Slovenia by Emily Richards, office secretary. Bifi joined Emily into the office and always waited patiently, lying on At rest, Emily will go to the park near the office with Bifi to play and run there.
I was amazed at how close the dog and owner’s relationships were, because during my work I never heard Bifi barking – as if he knew everyone was concentrating. Bifi only barks when meeting new employees in the office. But Emily would quickly introduce him to the new employee, then Bifi returned to his bed calmly.
While working all day with the computer, Emily took a break to simply pet the dog or give her dog a snack. Bifi seems to make the mind and eyes more relaxed, not forgetting the behavior that can make us laugh.
A study by researchers from New York University and the University of Kentucky from 2001 proves this fact: workers with dogs in the office will feel more happy and creative. When stroking a dog, the hormone Oxytocin is released, this is the hormone that gives an emotional ‘bond’ with the dog. A similar hormone is found when a mother hugs her child.
But to bring dogs to the office certainly needs approval from superiors and colleagues. Dogs must also behave properly and have been vaccinated. Not all big offices in Germany allow dogs in their buildings.
Not buying, but adoption
Often the Germans adopt their dogs from Tierheim or Animal Breeding Areas , but they don’t buy them. They have to pay an adoption fee to the animal breeding place, it costs around 205 Euros, or around 3 million Rupiah for one dog. This price includes the cost of treatment, vaccines, installation of microchips and sterilization.
German families are not just any adoption. Tierheim often hosts Tag der Offenen Tür or Open House events . Today, families can see “prospective pets.” I once talked to one of the families and their three children who came to Tierheim in Berlin.
The father explained, they and their family were happy to come to captivity, but they would not carelessly take pets – need to think about the long term, not just mere pleasure. “We don’t want our pets to end up returning to captivity,” he said.
I could walk around Tierheim. What struck me, surprisingly, there was also an animal tomb that was so neat and neat. This is my first time seeing how animals get a funeral like humans, complete with tombstones and flowers.
Dog tax and insurance
Many countries in Europe have abolished the dog tax rules, but in Germany it is still in force. Dog owners must pay Hundesteuer or dog tax. The height can range from 24 to 100 euros, depending on the type of dog and city. This tax is collected because dogs often pollute the streets, so our authorities need to pay the cleaning fee.
The Germans are serious about dog tax. After they register their dog at the nearest tax office, they will get a necklace with a special mark for the dog’s neck. This necklace is also inspected by local security officers – and if you do not have a tax mark necklace – get ready to be fined. The more dogs a person has, the more taxes he must bear.
In addition to taxes, dogs also need Hundepflichtversicherung or insurance. This is important for veterinarian payments or also paying liability costs, if an incident occurs due to a dog. For example: dogs bite people or run very fast and cause traffic accidents, the dog owner must be responsible.